[11/19/09 - 06:12 PM]
Development Update: Thursday, November 19
By The Futon Critic Staff (TFC)

LOS ANGELES (thefutoncritic.com) -- The latest development news, culled from recent wire reports:

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JACK & DAN (FOX) - Diana-Maria Riva ("Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") has both joined the cast of the upcoming drama, about "Jack (Colin Hanks), an ambitious, by-the-book detective whose habit of undermining himself has resulted in a dead-end position at the Los Angeles Police Department. He's partnered with Dan (Bradley Whitford), a drunken, lecherous cop who hangs onto his job only because of a heroic act years before." She'll play Lt. Katherine Anderson, the guys' boss and lead detective who once was partnered with Dan. In addition, Tim Matheson ("Covert Affairs") has been tapped to helm the show's opening installment to be written by "Notice" creator Matt Nix. Fox Television Studios is producing.

REAL TIME WITH BILL MAHER (HBO) - The pay channel's veteran talk show will shift to 9:00/8:00c - with an encore at 11:00/10:00c - when its eighth season rolls out on February 19. Maher himself announced the talk show would return early next year during the season finale on October 16. The series averaged a solid 1.2 million viewers on Friday nights at 10:00/9:00c this past season, up 24% from the previous year. Maher, Scott Carter, Sheila Griffiths, Brad Grey, Marc Gurvitz and Billy Martin are the executive producers.

SUGARLOAF (A&E) - Kiele Sanchez ("Lost"), Uriah Shelton and Carlos Gomez have each landed roles on the drama pilot, about Jim Longworth (Matt Passmore), "an observant detective with a sly sense of humor who moves to a small Florida town and joins the state police" after being shot by his ex-captain in Chicago, "who wrongfully accused him of having an affair with his wife." Sanchez will play Jim's romantic interest, Callie, "a nurse who moonlights at a pizza place to afford medical school." Shelton then is set as her 12-year son, "whom she is raising alone, with her husband in prison," with Gomez as "Jim's golf partner, friend and colleague, a forensic medical examiner." Peter O'Fallon is helming the hour from a script by Clifton Campbell for Fox Television Studios. Gary Randall also serves as an executive producer.

TRAUMA (NBC) - The Peacock has opted to order three additional episodes of the freshman drama despite previously indicating production would halt after 13 episodes. Said news comes as filming begins on its 12th installment. 10 episodes are set to air by the end of 2009 leaving six more for sometime in 2010. Earlier today NBC announced "Chuck" and "Heroes" would fill its Monday slots come January, likely leaving "Trauma" homeless until after the Olympics.

Sources: Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Reuters

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